Windows 7 and Office 2010 End User and Enterprise demos with Windows 7 Demo Toolkit

The Windows Demo Toolkit is a collection of resources that makes demoing the Windows® operating system as easy as possible. Created by the Windows Product Marketing team, the Windows Demo Toolkit complements other guidance and marketing materials provided by Microsoft®. Every demo includes all necessary materials, easy-to-follow setup instructions, and demo scripts that are easy to learn and which resonate with customers.

The heart of the Windows Demo Toolkit is the Foundation Suite, a deployment of Windows 7 tailored specifically for use in demonstrations. The Foundation Suite uses Windows Setup to install onto your PC in minutes, and includes must-have software like Microsoft Office 2010 Beta and Windows Live™ Essentials. Windows Demo Toolkit demos leverage and extend the Foundation Suite, making them easier to download and install.

The Windows Demo Toolkit features a growing collection of “click-through” demos—screen capture-based representations of products and scenarios in action. Click-through demos perform well even on PCs with modest specifications, and are a useful alternative to “live” demos, especially those that require complicated environments or additional hardware. In addition, every click-through demo includes a Preview Mode that displays messaging and click-steps to help you get up-to-speed quickly.

The Windows Demo Toolkit takes the work out of building demos so you can focus on making the sale.

Activate Office 2010 by KMS

To activate your Office 2010, Visio 2010 or Project 2010 you can use both MAK or KMS volume activation methods. For midsize and large enterprise environments (250> seats) KMS activation is the best suitable solution. If you currently using KMS for activating your operating systems (Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2) you are ready to activate Office 2010 as well by using the current Volume Activation solution.

Review activation methods

Office 2010 activation technologies provides two activation methods:

  • Key Management Service (KMS)   A server-client model in which a computer serves as the KMS host, which requires a KMS host key to be installed and activated. This establishes a local activation service in your environment. Office 2010 client computers connect to the local Office 2010 KMS host for activation.
  • Multiple Activation Key (MAK)   With a MAK key, Office 2010 client computers activate online by using the Microsoft hosted activation servers or by telephone.

The kind of key installed determines the activation method. All Office 2010 volume license editions have the KMS client key pre-installed. You do not have to enter a product key if you are deploying KMS clients. If you want to use MAK activation, you have to enter the correct MAK key.


Overview of Microsoft Office 2010 Volume Activation can be downloaded here.

A combination of KMS and MAK can also be used. For example, Office 2010 running on desktops has the KMS client key installed, whereas Office 2010 running on portable computers has the MAK key installed.

The model chosen depends on the size, network infrastructure, connectivity, and security requirements. You can choose to use only one or a combination of these activation models. Typically, the same activation method for a particular instance of Windows would be used for Office. For more information about how to decide which activation method to use, see the Windows Volume Activation Planning Guide (

Key Management Service (KMS)

KMS is a server-client model in which a computer serves as the KMS host. KMS activation requires TCP/IP connectivity. By default, KMS hosts use DNS to publish the KMS service, and client computers connect to the KMS host for activation by using anonymous remote procedure calls (RPCs) through TCP port 1688. You can use the default settings, which require little or no administrative action, or manually configure KMS hosts and clients based on network configuration and security requirements.

KMS activation steps

The KMS host key for Office 2010 is not specific to a particular operating system. It is designed to be used on any of the operating systems supported as an Office 2010 KMS host, including both 32-bit and 64-bit editions:

  • Windows Server 2003 or with any service packs
  • Volume License editions of Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2008 R2